Between 2013/14, an estimated 909,000 working days were lost to manual handling injuries across the UK. Whilst you’re most likely to suffer lifting injuries at work if you are employed in the manufacturing and transport, water and waste management or health and social care industries, lifting injuries can affect anyone in any industry who is lifting heavy or awkward loads. A lack of proper manual handling training is one of the most common reasons behind lifting injuries at work. Failure to provide proper equipment for lifting assistance and safety equipment is also behind a high proportion of accidents.
But what can you do if you have injured your back whilst lifting heavy items at your workplace? Well, if you think your employer could have done more to prevent your accident from happening, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We specialise in personal injury claims and our experienced lawyers are here to make sure you get the compensation you deserve, on a 100% no win, no fee basis.
What caused your accident?
Back injuries are the most common type of manual handling injury. You could be working as a carer or nurse and be asked to lift a patient out of bed. Normally, hoists would be provided for this type of lifting, but if your employer fails to make this equipment available to you, you may have no choice but to lift the patient yourself, or ask a colleague for assistance.
If you’ve injured your back whilst lifting a patient, your employer could be held liable as they have failed to keep you safe at work – your accident could have been prevented by providing a hoist.
Or perhaps you have suffered a slipped disc or ruptured tendon after lifting heavy loads whilst working in a factory? Proper manual handling training could have taught you how to lift safely and also how much weight you could lift unaided. Equipment such as a forklift truck could have been provided for lifting heavy, awkward loads. Again, you could have a viable personal injury claim against your employer for their negligence.
We’re here to help
Claiming personal injury compensation shouldn’t be a stressful experience and if you have been injured due to your employer’s lax attitude towards health and safety, you’re entitled to compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you could make a claim – the process is simple and most claims can be dealt with over the phone.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton